The Casual Dining Group has thanked Las Iguanas boss Mos Shamel for his service after confirming that he is to step down from the business.
Mr Shamel has been with the Latin American restaurant brand for 16 years, joining CDG when it acquired the business in 2015.
In a statement, CDG said Mr Shamel has decided to “pursue a fresh challenge outside of the group”.
James Spragg, CEO of CDG, said: “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Mos for his immense contribution to Las Iguanas, which has grown into one of the UK’s leading restaurant-bar businesses, and one that is consistently placed in The Sunday Times’ prestigious Top 100 Companies To Work For.
“He leaves Las Iguanas in great shape, with a really strong and motivated team, and in impressive like-for-like sales growth, and we wish Mos the best for the future.”
CDG plans to announce a successor to Shamel at the helm of Las Iguanas – which comprises 55 locations, has just launched in Bracknell and is set open in Watford in the summer – in the coming months.
On his departure, Mr Shamel said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey with Las Iguanas and CDG, and this was an incredibly difficult decision, as this is a great business with fantastic people, but after 16 years it is time for me embrace a fresh challenge.”
Mr Shamel recently spoke about his role at Las Iguanas in a keynote session at the Commercial Kitchen show. Click on the article below to hear what he had to say.